P.M. News (Lagos)

19 June 2003

Nigeria: Charly Boy Addresses Okada Operators

Lagos — Punk musician, presenter and actor, Charles Oputa a.k.a Charly Boy has said that motorcycle operators, otherwise known as 'okada' will influence the choice of Nigeria's next president, come 2007.

Speaking with P.M.News at the launching of a new brand of motor cycle, 'SIMBA', Charly Boy said that Okada operators play a prominent role in the last political dispensation because most politicians engage their services and use the name to campaign.

He disclosed that when both the Federal and the state governments discovered that okada operators were a force to reckon with, they jettison the earlier threat to ban them.

While advising them to drive carefully and be law abiding, Charly Boy told that he decided to endorse the SIMBA brand of motorcycle because the brand is not only a good product but because the manufacturers have good welfare package for the operators. Speaking at the occasion, Managing Director of Wandel International Nigeria Limited, manufacturer of SIMBA Motorcycle said that the contract between the company and Charly Boy, is not for promotional purpose alone but to see to the welfare of the motorbike owners and to give them the best".

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